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first_imgNORWICH CITY VS SOUTHAMPTONNorwich have won two of their last three, as many games as they did in their previous 14 combined. Southampton, who were fourth at this stage of last season, have won just twice away from home so far this season, scoring only nine goals. But Norwich have only 11 goals at home.SUNDERLAND VS ASTON VILLAAston Villa have kept just one clean sheet in their last 18 league games, and since their only win, at Bournemouth, they have taken two points in nine games on the road. Sunderland are 19th and just four points ahead of bottom-placed Villa after losing, on Wednesday, against Liverpool, their fifth loss in a row.WEST BROM VSSTOKE CITYStoke have conceded 19 goals this season – only four sides have leaked fewer. And the Potters are four points better off than at the halfway stage last season. In August Stoke had midfielders Ibrahim Afellay and Charlie Adam sent off as West Brom secured a first league win this season.WEST HAM VSLIVERPOOLWest Ham are unbeaten in six games in the Barclays Premier League, though five of those have been drawn. Liverpool won 1-0 at Sunderland on Wednesday to move above the Hammers, into seventh place. West Ham’s Andy Carroll, the match winner against Southampton on Monday, could start against his former club.CRYSTAL PALACE VS CHELSEAAt this stage last season Chelsea led the Premier League comfortably, with 14 wins from 19 games and just one loss, helping the Blues to 46 points. Now, at the halfway stage the Blues have won just five games and accrued 20 points. In addition they have 23 goals compared to 41 last term.last_img read more

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Scorpions collapse, semis spot in danger

first_imgPORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC): Jamaica Scorpions jeopardised their chances of a semi-final spot in the Regional Super50 when they stumbled to a 73-run defeat at the hands of Barbados Pride following another weak batting effort here yesterday. Chasing 247 for victory at the National Cricket Centre, Scorpions collapsed from a strong position of 61 without loss after eight overs to 173 all out off 46.5 overs, to suffer their third loss of the competition and slip to third spot in Group A. With their win, Pride moved into second on 14 points and can confirm their semi-final berth with a win over hosts Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the final round of matches tomorrow. Scorpions, who remained on ten points, can still qualify for the semi-finals but need to beat ICC Americas in their final game also tomorrow and hope Pride lose to Red Force. However, they could have avoided the unnecessary permutations had they not squandered a great start from openers John Campbell, who scored 42 and rookie Jermaine Harrison who struck 22. Once they were separated, however, wickets fell steadily as Pride bowlers slowly dissected the innings. In-form right-hander Andre McCarthy resisted with 33 from 63 balls but found no support, with the last six wickets tumbling for 57 runs. Part-time medium pacer Jonathan Carter once again made his presence felt with three for 26, while Test left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican snapped up three for 32. Earlier, attacking opener Dwayne Smith broke out of his slump with a powerful 86 to lead Pride’s charge to 246 for nine off their 50 overs, after they were sent in. The right-hander got support from wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich with 48, while tail-ender Ashley Nurse chimed in with 23. Skipper Campbell claimed three for 57 with his off-spin, while Test fast bowler Jerome Taylor picked up two for 30. Facing a must-win scenario in order to remain alive in the competition, Pride started poorly when Taylor removed both openers with just 33 runs on the board. He removed the proflic Kraigg Brathwaite, caught at the wicket for one in the third over with nine runs on the board and returned to prise out another Test batsman Shai Hope for four, also caught behind in the ninth over. Man of the Match Smith, coming off scores of two, one, four and nought, added 33 for the third wicket with left-hander Jonathan Carter who scored 16 before he was run out in a bad mix-up in the 16th over. Smith then combined with Shamarh Brooks (20) in a pivotal 66-run stand for the fourth wicket which once again gave the innings momentum.last_img read more

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Dottin happy with role as death specialist bowler at Women’s World T20

first_imgMOHALI, India (CMC):All-rounder Deandra Dottin says she is comfortable with her role as a death overs specialist after West Indies knocked out India yesterday to reach the semi-finals of the T20 Women’s World Cup.Dottin (3-16) bowled an outstanding last over to spur West Indies to a nerve-racking three-run win over India in their Group B game at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium.She removed Ekta Bisht with a yorker, forced the run out of Shikha Pandey and with the penultimate ball of the final over dismissed Sushma Verma to restrict India to 111 for nine.”My heart was very good. I am accustomed, I love bowling last overs. It has become a trend for me having to bring my team to victory. I like being in that position,” declared Dottin.”The captain told me I have to limit the boundaries. Bowl yorkers. I said ‘it’s OK we got this’. I still have my nerve. When I am bowling I don’t have nerve. It is only when am batting I have nerves. So I am just calm when I am bowling.”Dottin made 45 and Stafanie Taylor, the Windies Women’s captain, led the way with 47, sharing a crucial fourth-wicket stand of 77 that anchored the Caribbean side to 114 for eight from their allocation of 20 overs, after they were put into bat.”The game plan was to stay there as long as possible,” said Dottin. “Knock around the ball, get the singles, the twos and pounce on the bad balls, try not to make rash shots. But the whole idea was to stay there until the last couple of overs.”The result meant that the West Indies Women ended the group stage in second position with six points – two behind group winners England Women. They will face New Zealand Women on Thursday in semi-final action at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.”We are looking forward to playing New Zealand,” said Dottin.”We actually have the chance to be in the finals. So it’s just some work that needs to be done and this team will bring it home.”last_img read more

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MAN CITY VS CRYSTAL PALACE

first_imgMAN CITY (4-2-3-1)HART, SAGNA, DEMICHELIS, OTAMENDI, KOLAROV,FERNANDINHO, FERNANDO, DE BRUYNE, SILVA, STERLING, AGUEROPALACE (4-2-3-1)CHAMAKH, BOLASIE, PUNCHEON, ZAHA,LEDLEY, McARTHUR,SOUARE, DELANEY, DANN, WARD,HENNESSEYManchester City had 22 shots against Everton on Wednesday, but still failed to score in a 0-0 draw.Palace, meanwhile, suffered their fourth game without a win in the Premier League when they were beaten 1-0 at bottom club Aston Villa on Tuesday.It was also the fourth time in a row that they have failed to score; they have now gone 362 minutes without finding the net in the league. It is the first time the Eagles have gone four top-flight games without a goal since February 1998 (when they could not find the net in five successive Premier League outings).These teams have met twice already this season. In September, at Selhurst Park, City stole the points thanks to a last-minute winner from Kelechi Iheanacho. And six weeks later, at the Etihad Stadium, City won 5-1 in the Capital One Cup, with five different scorers.Palace have never won at City in the Premier League, losing the last three and drawing two of five. Indeed, they last won there in December 1990 in the old First Division.last_img read more

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Ranieri heads candidates for FIFA coach award

first_imgZURICH (AP);Claudio Ranieri’s latest reward for leading Leicester to an unlikely Premier League title is a nomination for FIFA’s coach of the year award.FIFA announced Ranieri and Zinedine Zidane among 10 contenders yesterday.Zidane, who lead Real Madrid to the Champions League title, is a candidate despite starting his first top-level coaching job only in January.Chris Coleman, the coach of another unheralded team, was nominated for taking Wales to the European Championship semi-finals.Euro 2016-winning coach Fernando Santos of Portugal and Didier Deschamps of beaten finalist France were also nominated.Last year’s winner, Luis Enrique of Barcelona, and 2011 winner Pep Guardiola are among club coaches on the list. It is completed by Juergen Klopp, Mauricio Pochettino and Diego Simeone.Voting will be done by national team captains and coaches, selected media and an online fan poll. Each section will be weighted 25 per cent of the final tallies.FIFA will announce a three-man shortlist on December 2.The rebranded Best FIFA Awards ceremony will be held on January 9 in Zurich.Candidates:Chris Coleman (Wales), Didier Deschamps (France), Pep Guardiola (Bayern Munich, Manchester City), Juergen Klopp (Liverpool), Luis Enrique (Barcelona), Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham), Claudio Ranieri (Leicester), Fernando Santos (Portugal), Diego Simeone (Atletico Madrid), Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid).last_img read more

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Milan derby marks new era

first_imgROME (AP):It will likely be Silvio Berlusconi’s final derby as AC Milan owner. And the first for Inter’s new Chinese proprietors.Plus Silvio Pioli’s debut as coach of struggling Inter.Combined with the rise of Milan’s youth-oriented squad after several difficult seasons, tomorrow’s match is being celebrated both as the end of an era and a time of new beginnings.”It seems like a different derby compared to the last several, in terms of interest, tickets, standings and the new developments in club ownership,” Milan vice president Adriano Galliani said.Berlusconi, who purchased Milan 30 years ago, is expected to close a deal next month selling his majority stake in the club to a Chinese investor group that includes the participation of a Chinese state investment fund.While seven-time European champion Milan have not qualified for continental play for three consecutive seasons, the Rossoneri have seen a turnaround this season under first-year coach Vincenzo Montella.Relying on 17-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, 18-year-old midfielder Manuel Locatelli and forward M’Baye Niang, a relative veteran at 21, Montella has guided Milan to third place with a new sense of team unity.”After all these difficult years full of problems which I’m not going to list now, this might be the first time that we’re re-establishing a close-knit group,” Milan midfielder Andrea Poli said. “We’re on the right road and we’ve got to continue along this path.”Inter, meanwhile, are languishing in ninth place with just as many losses – five – as wins this season.Pioli, the former Chievo Verona and Lazio coach, was hired last week to replace the fired Frank de Boer.De Boer was hired less than two weeks before the season began following the unexpected resignation of Roberto Mancini, who reportedly wanted more control over the transfer market and clashed with Suning, the Chinese retail giant that took control of 70 percent of Inter in June.Inter have a wide array of top-quality players – such as Mauro Icardi, who tops the Serie A scoring chart alongside Roma’s Edin Dzeko with 10 goals each, plus Croatia midfielder Ivan Perisic, Montenegro forward Stevan Jovetic and Italy internationals Eder and Antonio Candreva – but the Nerazzurri were inconsistent and appeared confused under De Boer.last_img read more

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Price optimistic despite Boys’ Town’s struggles

first_imgCoach of Boys’ Town Andrew Price is highly confident that his team can rise from the bottom of the pile in the Red Stripe Premier League and gain qualification to the play-off stage next April. Despite being in last place on a mere 11 points from 15 games in the second round of the preliminary stage, the Collie Smith Drive-based club in is hoping to extend their two-match unbeaten run and move up the table. Boys’ Town picked up a point in a 0-0 draw against Portmore United last Sunday, following a 2-1 victory against Waterhouse in their previous encounter. “This is our second best as we had a similar one in the first round. We are hoping to kick on as the defence line have been strengthened with the return of veteran defender Wayne Ellis and the addition of Kurt Thomas,” said Price, who has been at Boys’ Town for over two decades as player and coach. “Our next game is against Jamalco and we are very optimistic. We are last in the table, but the past four weeks have seen some improvements in the team,” he informed. With the new format that will see the top six teams at the completion of the preliminary stage qualifying for the championship play-off, Price says that his team is eyeing a spot there. “The objective is to get into the top six as we have a good balance of young and experienced players in the squad. We will also look to add players during the next transfer window in January,” Price concluded. Boys’ Town are on the same points as Waterhouse, but have the worst goal difference in the league after scoring 13 times and conceding 30 goals. They have won three games, drawn twice and suffered ten losses.last_img read more

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Macandili not settling after winning AVC’s 2nd Best Libero

first_imgJapan downs Thailand to win AVC gold CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—Dawn Macandili may be the shortest player in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship, yet on Thursday she stood as tall as anyone else.The Philippines’ unassuming defensive ace, who stands at five-feet tall, was shocked when her name was called as the tournament’s secnd Best Libero after helping the host to an eighth place finish in the Asian event.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ Teen gunned down in Masbate 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her “It doesn’t stop in winning awards alone, I want to play and do my passion and that is volleyball,” said Macandili. “So that award is like a reward to the players who continue to play for the Philippines.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’center_img “Of course, I was surprised because this is my first time as a national player and I think this brings a lot of pressure,” said Macandili in Filipino at Alonte Sports Arena. “Now I have to perform on a higher level compared to what I do now.”“I don’t want to settle with what I’ve achieved today and I feel that I can improve from what I did.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’And just as fate would have it, Macandili’s Asian triumph happened exactly a year after she won the MVP in the PSL All-Filipino Conference after leading F2 Logistics to the championship.Macandili vowed that her award in the Asian Championship is not the culmination of her career. View comments Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stingslast_img read more

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SEA Games: PH adds silver to lawn bowls medal haul

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next CEU Scorpions ‘overachieved’ despite loss to Cignal in finals Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Philippines also scored a gold in the men’s fours and a silver in the women’s fours events on Thursday.Brunei won the bronze in women’s triples.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsoncenter_img Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles MOST READ Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ The Philippines got another medal from lawn bowls in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, this time a silver in women’s triples event.Hazel Jagonoy, Rosita Bradborn, and Vilma Greenless settled for the silver, the country’s third podium finish in the sport, after losing to host Malaysia in the final. ADVERTISEMENT Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies LATEST STORIES What’s in store for your animal sign this yearlast_img read more

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Cavs owner gets ‘vile’ voicemails after LeBron’s ‘bum’ tweet

first_imgFILE – In this July 26, 2017, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert answer questions during an NBA basketball news conference at the team’s training facility in Independence, Ohio. Gilbert says he received “vile, disgusting” voicemails after LeBron James called President Donald Trump “a bum” on Twitter. (AP Photo/Phil Long, File)CLEVELAND — Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert received “vile, disgusting” voicemails after LeBron James called President Donald Trump a “bum” on Twitter.Gilbert said he was flooded with phone messages when the NBA’s most celebrated player criticized Trump for rescinding a White House invitation to Golden State’s Stephen Curry to honor the team’s NBA championship.ADVERTISEMENT DAY6 is for everybody How to help the Taal evacuees Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson LATEST STORIES This week, James said he did not regret his comment about Trump.“Me and my friends call me that all the time,” James said during a news conference on media day. “I’m not his friend, though. He’s not my friend. No, when I woke up and saw what he said about Steph Curry. First of all, it’s so funny because it’s like you inviting me to your party, right? As a matter of fact, it’s not like you invited me.“It’s almost, like, ’Hey, I’m not going to be able to make it. I’m not coming and then you would be like, ‘LeBron, guess what? You’re not invited.’ I wasn’t coming anyways, so that was funny to me when I woke up and saw that. So, my first initial response was, you bum.”James also commended NFL players for protesting after Trump said owners should fire any players who kneel during the national anthem.Gilbert has ties to Trump, from his Quicken Loans mortgage lending company donating $750,000 to the president’s inauguration party. But Gilbert said in a statement this week that he supports both political parties.ADVERTISEMENT FEU rolls to 3rd straight win, routs UP “I received voicemails after LeBron tweeted that were some of the most vile, disgusting, racist,” Gilbert said on Friday on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”“There’s an element of racism that I didn’t even realize existed in this country this much.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogGilbert said he had not told James about the voicemails. He called the comments unnerving.“And you could hear it in their voice — the racism,” Gilbert said. “It wasn’t even really about the issue, and that’s what really got me, because they went to who they really are, some of them.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments “Our interests are in the policies at the federal level, and not the politics surrounding the elections,” he said. “We have often supported both political parties in the same election so that we have the ability to impact positive change, regardless of who occupies the offices.“Our focus with any office-holder or politician is about the communication of the still substantial needs of our former rust-belt cities that are now finally beginning the road to recovery and growth that other parts of America have been experiencing for a long period of time.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more

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